Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

The transition from winter to spring is a welcome change that brings a sense of freshness to our lives. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and as flowers bloom and trees bud, more color is coming back into the world.

As medical professionals, we all know there are wonderful health benefits to being outdoors and in nature. Getting some sunshine and spending time in the trees can lead to improved mental health and physical wellbeing. So get out and smell the flowers!

I see some of you have already formed teams for the Well-U challenge, Coast to Coast. It's a great way to encourage activity and foster friendships with your fellow DOM members. Also in the spirit of team building and wellness challenges, Wilmot Cancer Institute opened registration for the first-ever Wilmot Warrior Weekend which takes place later this fall. It would be amazing to see some DOM teams formed for this incredible event! I encourage you to connect with each other and create or join a team!

Happy Spring!

Be well,
Ruth O'Regan, M.D.

    Top Stories  
Jennifer Anolik Receives Grant from Lupus Research Alliance

Jennifer Anolik, MD, chief of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, received the Lupus Mechanisms and Targets Award. The grant offers $600,000 over three years for research investigating new therapies. Anolik's project will study mice with lupus nephritis to see if SGLT2 inhibitors reduce kidney hypoxia, inflammatory CD8 T cells, and kidney injury.

Truptesh Kothari Joins NIH Landmark Study: SHARP Trial

Truptesh Kothari, MD, MS, from Gastroenterology & Hepatology, led the efforts for URMC to be named a study site in the NIH funded SHARP Trial. This first-of-its-kind study will evaluate the benefits of a specific procedure on patients with pancreas divisum with symptoms of acute pancreatitis.

Hospital Medicine Share Their Work at Two More Conferences

Faculty from the division attended the Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) Conference, as well as Academic Internal Medicine Week (AIM). In addition to presenting workshops and posters, one highlight of AIM is the Chief Residents Meeting, where rising chiefs can begin networking before officially starting their roles in June. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Shen, MD)

Pulmonologists Present at New York State Thoracic Society Conference

Faculty from the division visited New York Medical College for the annual meeting and gave several presentations. Pictured: Michael Nead, MD, PhD, (left) receives a plaque for serving as president from 2019-21. The role is typically a one-year term, but Nead’s was extended given the pandemic.

    Special Announcements  

Honors: Martin Zand, MD, PhD, from Nephrology, was elected to the board of directors for the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.

Awards: Dimitry Migdalovich, MD, was named Highland Hospital Physician of the Year. The award will be recognized during a reception in May and at a Highland Board of Directors meeting.

Publication: Clive Zent, MD, is a co-author of "Impact of sex on outcomes in patients with hairy cell leukemia. An HCL patient data registry analysis," published in the American Journal of Hematology.

Publication: Angela Branche, MD, and Ann Falsey, MD, both from Infectious Diseases, are lead and co-authors respectively of "Immunogenicity of the BA.1 and BA.4/BA.5 SARS-CoV-2 Bivalent Boosts: Preliminary Results from the COVAIL Randomized Clinical Trial," published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study suggests we may need to continually update COVID boosters to protect against emerging variants.

DEI: Laura Stamm, PhD, director of DEI for the DOM, received a grant from the Humanities Center for her project "Making Public History: Oral Histories of COVID-19 and Rochester's Black Communities."

In the News: Bethany Marston, MD, from Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, shared routine tasks that can take time away from more fulfilling aspects of medicine in "Tips to Alleviate Rheumatologist Burnout," published in The Rheumatologist. Marston also serves as the chair of the ACR Committee on Rheumatology Training and Workforce Issues.

In the News: Timothy Holahan, DO, and Sarah Howd, MD, from Geriatrics & Aging, are featured experts in the article "Assisted Living vs. Home Care: What's the Difference?" published in US News & World Report.

    Discover DEI  
Learn about the unique DEI initiatives from each of our divisions!

Division: Hospital Medicine

Spotlight: Read about how the division collaborated with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to develop a yearlong educational program. (Pictured: the IDEA Committee.)

    Department News  

Join Us for a Very Personal Medicine Grand Rounds May 9

For the May 9 department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Rob Horowitz, MD, chief of the URMC Palliative Care Division, will talk about Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED). Horowitz will explore this little known and often misunderstood end-of-life topic from dual perspectives: as a physician who is an expert in VSED's clinical, legal, and ethical dimensions, and as a son who supported his mother's decision to die intentionally by VSED in response to her progressing dementia. "Mom had long described dementia as her 'worst nightmare'," said Horowitz. "VSED was her way to avoid the untenable future that loomed ever closer as her cognition declined. My hope is that by sharing our confrontation with VSED's real-life intricacies, I will humanize Mom, myself, and the VSED process." Because of its highly personal content, including video and photos, this Grand Rounds will be presented in-person only.

This Grand Rounds will be presented in-person only.
Tuesday, May 9, 12 – 1 pm, Class of '62 Auditorium

    Off the Clock  
Paul Vermilion, MD, from Palliative Care, is kept extremely busy by his three amazing kids, Sophie, Luca, and Jackson. Here they are enjoying a sweet treat from the Moonlight Creamery by the Erie Canal in the village of Fairport.
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